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Knowledgeable Network of Women Luncheon

On Wednesday, May 18th, we went to the Portage Country Club in Akron to attend a Knowledgeable Network of Women (KNOW) luncheon.

Last week we had gone to a morning meeting of KNOW which is "a networking and professional development IMG_1192 program established by the Greater Akron Chamber in 2004. KNOW's mission is to cultivate the talent within each other by reaching out to today's women executives and tomorrow's leaders." We made some good contacts there and wanted to attend another one of their other events.

And on this day we made about 20 new contacts including several people who are involved with either Kent State University or the University of Akron. We also talked to a business development manager of a recruiting firm who told us that people often ask about H-1B visas. Along these lines, the speaker was Professor Steven R. Ash, Ph.D. who is the Chair of the Dept. of Management at the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron. He told us that the International Business Group in Akron was quite large. Professor Ash's topic was "Leading Change" and he started his presentation off with some funny slides that showed how our society has evolved over the years. These slides included old advertisements from the 1940's/1950's wherein parents were encouraged to give their small children Coca-Cola to drink; large women were referred to in fashion ads as "chubbies"; and a man literally spanked his wife for making a lousy cup of coffee.

On a more serious note, Professor Ash's presentation had things in it that were very

pertinent to us as immigration attorneys who deal with people from different cultures who often perceive things differently than we do.

One of his slides was about "New Perspectives" and contained this information:

***Our different backgrounds and experiences create different perspectives from which we see.

***The great challenge for leaders is to find new ways of looking at things.IMG_1196

***You must try to look at things differently.

***Try not to get locked in!

Another slide dealt with "Viewing Change" and on it was written:

***Different does not necessarily mean wrong, it may be just different!

***If you are able to change your perceptions, you might be surprised at what you see!

Still another slide labeled "Dissent" had this observation about the value of a dissenting voice/opinion:

***Just knowing that there is a dissenting voice is enough to induce better cognitive processes that yield better judgments.


Leaping forward, Prof. Ash's summary slide contained these suggestions:

***Embrace change, or become extinct.

***Don't let your perception get "locked"- find multiple perspectives!

***To help make the right kind of change happen, be a leader!

      ---Develop networks and spheres of influence!

      ---Get involved

       ---Speak up! (Silence is consent)

One of the last slides contained this quote by Eric Hoffer:

"In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."

The program ended with Ms. Lori Molnar, the 2016 Chair of KNOW, urging us "to go out and be the change you want to see!"

As for us, we are proud to be working for a firm like Margaret W. Wong and Associates that encourages and advocates for all of the above.


Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC.

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